Prince Fahd Salman, the owner of 1991 Ever Ready Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner and champion Generous, died after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday night.
A 47-year-old nephew of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, Prince Fahd was the son of the governor of Riyadh region and served as the former deputy governor of the Eastern Region during the 1990-1991 Gulf War. The eldest of four brothers, he was Saudi Arabia's home secretary.
He was introduced to racing by his younger brother, Prince Ahmed Salman.
As well as winning the Derby, Generous won the Irish Derby (Ire-I) and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I). He was named champion 3-year-old colt in England, Ireland, and France and was voted Horse of the Year in Ireland.
Another top-level horse to run in Prince Fahd's famous dark green silks included Ramruma. Trained at Newmarket by Henry Cecil, she won the Vodafone Oaks (Eng-I), Irish Oaks (Ire-I), and Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) as a 3-year-old in 1999. Ramruma was a nickname given to Prince Salman's daughter Reema.
Other top horses campaigned by Salman include Fiji, Bint Pasha, Central Park, Zoman, and Red Sea. He owned six Breeders' Cup starters. His best effort came in the 1998 Sprint (gr. I), when Gold Land finished fourth.
Generous was trained at Whatcombe by Paul Cole. "It's a terrific shock," Cole told the British press this afternoon. "It's a big hole for me as he was such an important part of my life because he was a good friend and he was part of Whatcombe. I trained for him for more than 20 years. He was part of my life and part of Whatcombe. It's a horrible thing."